AP college football writer Ralph Russo expects a defensive struggle in Monday night's BCS championship game between Alabama ...
and Notre Dame. He says given the history of the two programs, the game could attract record viewership.
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SHOTLIST:AP - AP Clients Miami / Jan. 51. SOUNDBITE: Ralph Russo/ AP College Football Writer1. "Well, Monday night in the BCS championship game, we have what essentially is the most-anticipated championship game in the history of the system. It started in 1988, because you have these two amazing brands. You have Notre Dame, sort of the 'University of College Football' here in the United States. And Alabama, you know. Nobody has won more national championships than Alabama. Again, one of the name brands in college football. Putting it together, what we're anticipating is maybe the most watched BCS championship game ever. "So, we're expecting this really tense, defensive struggle. But, we're also gonna get is sort of old-school football. Power football teams. Alabama's got maybe the best running game in the country, maybe the best offensive line in the country. In fact, I think the best way to sum up Alabama is, the face of Alabama is its center, Barrett Jones. And the face of Notre Dame is a linebacker, Manti Te'o, who is a Heisman trophy finalist. So I think that Jones and Te'o are maybe the most famous players from these two teams, sort of sums up what we're going to get on Monday, which is what we expect is, a pretty physical football game. (****END****)